Bamburg, James R. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Brown, Michael D. Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Last reviewed:June 2018
Show previous versions
- Neuron development
- Electrical impulses
- Sense receptors
- Neurotransmitters and behavior
- Neuronal networks
- Memory and learning
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Study of the development and function of the nervous system, with emphasis on how nerve cells generate and control behavior. Neurobiology is a field of biology that investigates the nervous system, including those functional aspects of the nervous system that mediate behavior. The major goal of neurobiology is to explain at the molecular level how nerve cells (neurons; Fig. 1) differentiate and develop their specific connections and how nerve networks store and recall information. Ancillary studies on disease processes and drug effects in the nervous system also provide useful approaches for understanding the normal state by comparison with perturbed or abnormal systems. The functions of the nervous system may be studied at several levels: molecular, subcellular (organelle), cellular, simple multicellular interacting systems, complex systems, and higher functions (whole animal behavior). See also: Nerve; Nervous system (vertebrate); Neuron
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 45 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information